Fatal crash leads to manslaughter charges

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Purdy teenager has been charged with felony manslaughter following a fatal car crash that claimed the life of a Fairview teenager.

Sierra N. Wood, 17, was arrested on Sunday morning on charges of manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, no driver's license and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Wood was the driver of a car that ran off Highway 76 two miles west of Cassville and overturned at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Jessica Pettengill, 17, was a passenger in the vehicle, and she was ejected. Pettengill, a Wheaton High School student, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:40 a.m. by Barry County Coroner Jim Fohn.

Another passenger in the car, Ronald R. Torrey, 18, of Wheaton, was not injured in the crash.

As required by state law, Wood was tested for blood alcohol content following the crash, and she tested over the legal limit.

Pettengill's complete obituary appears in today's newspaper.

Other traffic crashes

* A Colorado man was seriously injured Sunday evening in a car-motorcycle crash on Highway 76 seven miles east of Cassville. John P. Reed, 28, of Westminster, Colo., was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield after the motorcycle he was riding crossed the centerline and struck a car driven by David C. Jones, 40, of Bentonville, Ark., head on. Jones was not injured and was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred at 6:45 p.m.

* An Arkansas youngster was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 86 three miles south of Eagle Rock on Tuesday morning. Sage E. Parker, 9, was taken by ambulance to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark., and treated for minor injuries after the car she was riding in ran off the right side of the road and overturned. The driver of the vehicle, Jesse E. Self, 30, of Branson, was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 7:30 a.m.

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